Saturday, 25 October 2014

Our Favourite Toddlers and Children's Books for Halloween 2014


Yet another Halloween-themed blog post for you today (Can you tell that I'm a fan?). 

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Today I am sharing some of the spooky books that are my personal favourites and are one that's I've purchased for Ethan this year. As a child I always remember the more spookier books as being my very favourites, they always stood out more to me and so purchasing Ethans Halloween books has been a bit of a nostalgic experience for me, which is always really lovely. I even purchased myself a halloween Goosebumps book from eBay purely for the nostalgia and because I was having so much fun remembering all the wonderful books I used to read.

Here are our favourite halloween books for children this year..

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Room on the Broom - eBay

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Maisys Trick-or-Treat Sticker book - Amazon

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Peppa's Halloween Sticker Activity Book - Amazon

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Meg and Mog - eBay

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Funnybones - Amazon

What's your favourite halloween-themed book to read to your toddler/child?


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Reducing the Risk of Family Pets Going Missing*


We've either experienced this moment ourselves or know someone who has - that gut-wrenching moment when you think your family pet has gone missing. Luckily, more often than not, your pet turns up pretty fast, whether they’ve discovered a fantastic hiding place behind the sofa or have gone for a wander down the road, but for some families a pet can go missing for weeks and even forever. When you have a young family this loss can hit them especially hard, and they might not be able to comprehend or deal with the possibility that they may never see their best friend again.
Locating your pet can be a costly and time-consuming experience and can put strain on even the most secure relationships. Minimising the risk of this happening is simpler than you may think, and by making sure your dog or cat is collared and tagged, they can be returned to you much sooner. If not, your pet may be mistaken for a stray and it will be a much longer process to reunite you. Here are some simple measures you can take to make sure your pet is returned home safe and sound.

Dog and Cat Tags
Tagging your pet could not be simpler and ensures your cat or dog is always carrying around your important details with them, allowing them to be returned to you more quickly. You can do so by having your pet fitted with a collar and tag. These are inexpensive and are can be engraved with that all-important information, including your address and telephone number and even your pet’s name.
Microchipping
Tagging aside, it’s a good idea to consider having your pet microchipped in case they go missing. It is advisable to have your pet chipped as it ensures that should your pet lose their tag or collar, then they are still carrying your contact details. Microchipping involves inserting a tiny rice sized chip under the pet’s skin and is a painless procedure that can save you huge amounts of time and money in the long run. Although you cannot see this chip, if a pet does have one, the information can be accessed by a scanner if they end up in an animal rescue centre or a vet.

Know Where They Are

It's difficult to know where your pet is at all times, especially if you have a cat that roams free both day and night. Dogs can easily escape from a garden that may seem secure by squeezing through a gap in the fence or through a gate which has been accidentally left open. Be sure to check on your pet every so often to ensure their safety and security. 
Walkies!
If you have a dog, be sure to walk them around the local area so they become familiar with the route back to your house should they become lost.  This may seem like a simple idea, but many families choose to drive to popular walking locations so the dog doesn’t often get to experience the local neighbourhood. When in an unfamiliar location be wary of allowing your dog off the lead, especially if it is a built-up and potentially dangerous area.



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Friday, 24 October 2014

FREE Halloween Trick Or Treat Printable


Yesterday I shared our Halloween / Autumn inspired mantelpiece and you may have noticed the Trick or Treat frame in the centre. If you were wondering where it's from, I actually made it myself and then printed it off and placed it inside of an A4 white ikea frame (which cost next to nothing!).

If you liked it and would like to have one for your own home, then feel free to download my picture and use it yourself. You can download it instantly by clicking the following link (which will take you to DropBox): Halloween Trick or Treat Free Printable. :)

Happy Halloween week everyone! 



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Ladies Halloween Outfits Inspiration


From L to R: The Killer Doll  |  The  Pumpkin  | The Black Cat | The Ghost 

If you're looking for some inspiration for halloween themed outfits rather than the traditional halloween costumes then look no further - as we have 4 fantastic outfit ideas that you will (hopefully) love!

Using traditional halloween colours you can create some fabulous spooky-themed outfits that are perfect for halloween. Pink for the 'killer doll', black for a witch or 'the black cat', orange for 'the pumpkin' and white for 'the ghost'. My favourite (as the worlds biggest cat lover is) obviously 'the black cat'.. ;) Though, if I'm honest 'the ghost' really does appeal to me a lot too!

I think these outfit choices are clever and brilliant for anyone who doesn't fancy getting totally dressed up this year! Oh, and don't forget about your comfy ballet style flats to complete your spooktacular outfit.. our choices are all from http://butterflytwists.com

Which is your favourite halloween outfit?



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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Our Halloween/Autumn Inspired Mantelpiece


Though I am not a lover of the cold, I have really enjoyed being able to use our wood burner to warm our house up lately. As this is our first year in our new home, it is the very first time that we have had a proper fireplace and I really do love it a lot - it makes everything feel so much more cosier, especially in the evenings. 

This year we decided to invest in some halloween/autumn inspired decor and makeover the mantelpiece and a few spots around our home. We had so much fun collecting autumn leaves, twigs and conkers on our autumn walk and I had lots of fun choosing some great halloween themed decor bits too! Here's how our finished autumn/halloween inspired mantelpiece looks.. (obviously it usually has a fireguard around it to protect little E from getting burnt but I removed it just for the pictures.) :) 

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Top 3 Halloween Costume Ideas To Wear At The Family Halloween Party


It’s almost time…time for Halloween 2014! Surely by now the invites to all of the parties are starting to pour in. Of course you’re probably most looking forward to a fun, adult party at a nightclub or a bar. However, for mothers or even just older women with nieces, nephews, or friends with children, you will undoubtedly be invited to at least one family oriented party where younger children may be present. When it comes to dressing up for these types of Halloween parties you will need a while different mindset. Think twice before you put on that sexy little playboy bunny costume around the kids. You may also want to tone down your horror costume so you don’t make the babies cry. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still have fun and look your best at the family Halloween party. Here are the top three Halloween costumes for women to wear at the family Halloween party. 
  
  1. Disney Inspired Costumes – Everyone loves Disney Halloween costumes --- especially little girls! A Disney costume such as one of the Disney princesses is perfect to wear at a family Halloween party. If you’re attending or hosting a party with young kids, you can even do a whole family Halloween costume theme using this idea with one person playing the prince, another the princess, a third the villain, and so forth. The key to making the Disney inspired costume work at a family party is to be sure it is a conservative version of the costume. Sexy Snow White might be great for a night out with your gal pals, but keep it PG for the kiddies. 
2. Superhero Costumes – If your kids (or the kids who will be at the party) aren’t a very big fan of Disney princesses and villains, perhaps you’ll have more luck with superhero costumes. While some of these superhero costumes are known for being extremely revealing and sexy, you CAN find some that are more conservative and kid-friendly. Ditch the shirt skirts (and especially leotards) for a costume that has pants and will therefore provide you with more coverage. When in doubt, you can always just buy a superhero T-shirt and throw on a cape. Not only will this option be safe, but it will save you money, too! 
3. Animal costumes – You definitely don’t want to show up to a family oriented Halloween party as a sex kitten, or a Playboy Bunny. However, that doesn’t mean that all animal costumes are off limits. Some can actually be cute and appropriate to wear even around the youngest of children. Avoid leotards, leather, and short or tight-fitting costumes. Plush is usually a safe option as are one-piece jumpsuits. Remember, the party will have a lot of kids who will take delight in seeing you look a bit silly. Save your animal-ears, scantily clad costume for another night out at the club. This costume idea can be especially cute if you have an infant to dress up in a matching outfit. 

Are you planning to attend or host a family-oriented Halloween party this year? What do you plan to wear? 




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Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Easy and Fun Halloween Crafts for Kids


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Halloween is such a fun time of year, and is an event that your kids will no doubt love as it’s full of exciting things to do, like dressing up, being spooked and of course...sweets! 
If you’re hosting a Halloween party, or simply just want to have some fun with your kids for Halloween, trying out some crafts is a great idea. We’ve made a list of some easy and fun ones 
‘Orange pumpkins’
If your little ones are slightly too little to be helping with the proper pumpkin carving, a great solution to helping them not feel left out is to decorate oranges as pumpkins, instead! They make really sweet little decorations too if you are hosting a Halloween party, as you can arrange them around the house (you could even turn it into a ‘find the mini pumpkin’ game!). They make a perfect, healthy alternative to sweets too which is a good way to ensure they get some vitamin c in as well as all that sugar! Hand them out to trick or treaters, too.

Cardboard masks
Masks are a great craft and Halloween masks are really fun as you’re little ones can make their own mini costumes which they can wear with pride, knowing they helped make them. Loads of their favourite TV, movie or book characters will wear masks too, so they can go as their favourite hero. 
Pipe cleaner spiders
There’s something about kids and creepy crawlies...they go crazy for them! Help them make their own by picking up a few pipe cleaners and helping them twist and turn them into the shape of a spider. As they get more inventive and imaginative, they can try other spooky creatures, too. It’s a great media to work with as there’s no mess, which is a great bonus. You pick up pipe cleaners and a whole host of other art supplies for kids and artists of all ages at www.artifolk.co.uk, too! 



Milk container ghosts
Don’t throw away those old plastic milk containers! Instead, give them a good wash when they’re empty and let your little one’s imaginations run wild. Give them a black pen and help them draw a face onto the front to make a spooky ghost face. Then put an electric tea light into it to help give it a ghoulish glow that will be completely safe, too! 


Napkin ghosts
Invest in a few ping pong balls, a few napkins, some string, an elastic band and a pen. Wrap the napkin round the ping pong ball and secure with an elastic band, then draw a face on the ball, then hang it up with some string and voila...you have a super thrifty, easy and fun ghost! 


Halloween bunting/banners  
Older kids will no doubt love making more ‘grown up’ crafts and decorations, and bunting or banners works really well for this. Have them draw out the words ‘Happy Halloween’ in spooky, festive colours and cut them out. Attach them to string and then you’ve got a banner! 






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